Sitzbook Review: “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” by Mindy Kaling

Today we're back with another fast quote/review of a book, and this time it's from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" by Mindy Kaling. On the whole, I enjoyed the book, but it didn't necessarily light a fire under my butt. It was enjoyable and had some good stories, though. I particularly liked this quote in which she talks about the lessons that her parents taught her: "Lessons? When I was a kid, my parents smartly raised us to keep quiet, be respectful to older people, and generally not Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: “A Piece of Danish Happiness” by Sharmi Albrechtsen

Here's another entry in my mini-reviews section from last year's Sitzbook project. This one is going to be a bit longer, though, since I've got more to say about it. Today's book is A Piece of Danish Happiness by Sharmi Albrechtsen. As a critic, one of my greatest weaknesses is surely that I'm not terribly critical. I often like most of what I read, watch, and listen to, or if I don't, I quickly move on and don't dwell on it. I also feel bad criticizing other people's work, especially writers, Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: “Stasiland” by Anna Funder

Hi again! Like I mentioned yesterday, I've got a few really short book review posts lined up. This one just has two quotes I really liked from a book called Stasiland, by Anna Funder. If you're not familiar with the Stasi, then you're probably better off. They were the secret police in East Germany, and this book details interviews and experiences from people who worked for, fought against, and lived among the Stasi. It was a really interesting book, but it's also not terribly lighthearted. Anyhow, Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini

Hi everyone! In the next few days I'll post a few really short quotes and reviews of books from last year's Sitzbook book-a-week project. I originally started about a half-dozen posts with a few notes from some of the books I was reading, but I ran out of time and never actually wrote the full posts. So these will be like lightning reviews. First up is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I liked the book, much as I liked The Kite Runner a few years ago, also by Hosseini. The story Read more [...]

Another Article

I guess I spoke too soon. Just hours after I said yesterday that only one of my articles had been published on FluentU, I got a notification that they'd published another. It's about books that have been made into movies, and how to use them in classes. It's aimed at English teachers, but even non-teachers may find it interesting. At the very least, you can critique my choices--which movies did I forget? Thanks for reading! Read more [...]

More New Writing

Wow, I can't believe I've not written anything on this blog in over 9 months! Oh well, it's been a busy 9 months. I know the last post was about some new writing, and this one is, also. I've been writing a lot lately, just not here. I've recently started writing articles for a site called FluentU, which is a language-learning platform. They have software to learn different languages, along with some blogs to help support students' learning. I've been writing for the English learner, the English Read more [...]

I’ve Been Writing For A Photography Magazine

Over the last few months I've been writing articles for a photography magazine called Photography Masterclass Magazine. It's something that I have really enjoyed doing, and I'm a bit proud of it. And yes, they pay me to write them. Why does everyone keep asking me that? Anyways, I've been meaning to mention it, but there's a slight catch: the magazine is only available as an app on iOS or Android devices. In other words, if you want to read the articles, I can't just send you to the website Read more [...]